The Case for Non-Masking

Grim Reaper 3 (profile) by Watch Dogs - Eyes On Walls

Randy Weeks

            Last week I was on a cross-country domestic flight from Tennessee to California. A pilot who was dead-heading wore a mask below the nose the entire way. There were several discussions between the pilot and an attendant, but the attendant either failed to ask the pilot to wear the mask properly, or the pilot refused.

On Saturday I stood in a long line, waiting to go into a specialty store in an affluent California town. A man in his forties was in line ahead of me, wearing a mask below his nose. Except for that, he appeared to be of above average intelligence. When the store employee managing the flow of customers asked him to cover his nose with his mask, he huffed and puffed like he’d been asked to tuck his shirttail in, put on some socks, and wear his BVDs outside of his shorts.

And then there are the hoards of motorcyclists in Sturgis, South Dakota, few of which, if any, so much as pretend to wear a mask.

I won’t even mention the occupant of the Coval Office.

What. Is. The. Deal. With. These. People?

Here some of the excuses for not wearing a mask, along with a few editorial comments…

  1. I’m an American and America stands for freedom. Nobody’s going tell me I have to wear a mask!

Hold on for a minute while I take the seat belts out of your car.  

  • I don’t feel bad, so I must not be infected. Since I’m not infected, I can’t infect anyone else, so I don’t need a mask.

To quote Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

  • I’m an American and America stands for freedom. Nobody’s going to tell me I have to wear a mask!

No shirt. No shoes. No service. You must have a problem with that, too.

  • None of the doctors and scientists really know what’s going on, so wearing a mask isn’t a guarantee I’m not gonna get sick.

Right. And wearing a condom during heterosexual intercourse isn’t a guarantee that somebody’s not going to get pregnant. Would you prefer prevention, abortion, or at least 18 years of full responsibility?

  • I’m an American and America stands for freedom. Nobody’s going to tell me I have to wear a mask!

Let’s go sailing on Lake Superior. We’re two life preservers short. I’m sure you and your partner will be okay without them.

  • It’s a conspiracy and a political game.

True. It IS a conspiracy―a conspiracy to help keep people alive. Last time I checked, the Grim Reaper doesn’t have a party affiliation.

  • I’m an American and America stands for freedom. Nobody’s going to tell me I have to wear a mask!

Great! Then I’m sure you’ll be happy to sign this petition supporting building a toxic waste facility in your neighborhood.

  • When enough people have had Covid-19 we’ll build up that herd immunity thing and it won’t be such a big deal.

Possibly. So, since you’re so patriotic, we can count on you, your family, and your friends to be first in line to be a part of the herd, right?

  • I’m an American and America stands for freedom. Nobody’s going to tell me I have to wear a mask!

I respect your right to exercise your freedoms, but your freedoms end where mine begin. I’d rather wear a mask that stay quarantined in my home. Clearly you feel differently.

  1. I want to go out and party―have some fun! You can’t have fun if you’re wearing a mask!

Eat, drink, and be maskless, for tomorrow you (and I) may die!

  1. I’m an American and America stands for freedom. Nobody’s going to tell me I have to wear a mask!

Not only are you an American, but you are also an inconsiderate, pompous, selfish, entitled, immature libertine. Bless your heart and stay the hell away from me!

“RESPONSIBILITY IS THE PRICE OF FREEDOM.”

Elbert Hubbard

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